The centre is an area of outstanding historic and cultural assets. Situated in the central-eastern part of the city, confined by the Motlawa River and the Dead Vistula, the district virtually teems with life. Hotels in this area belong to the most frequently selected ones by guests visiting Gdansk, mainly because of the large variety and range on offer as well as the abundant selection of local attractions. Well-known landmarks of the city such as Dwor Artusa or Pomnik Poleglych Stoczniowcow (Monument of the Fallen Shipyardsmen) adjoin with many equally unique monuments. Hotels in the centre and throughout Gdansk are easy to find for tourists and business guests alike. Off-season you can book accommodation in the very centre at a low rate. In the summer the prices are higher but it is still possible to find a bargain.
- Main Town
The gothic Saint Mary’s Basilica, the largest brick temple in the world, towers over the Main Town. It is in this part of Gdansk that we will come across numerous sacral objects, city gates and towers, colourful merchant and burgher houses, some turned into hotels. To many, Gdansk is reminiscent of Dluga Street and Dlugi Targ Street, together forming Trakt Królewski (King’s High Road), once paced by rulers’ attendants. Today it is hard to believe that the old town of Gdansk suffered bitter damage during World War II , for it was meticulously restored to its original shape. Due to a large number of visitors in summertime, booking a hotel well in advance is worth considering.
- Dlugie Ogrody & Olowianka Island
Over its one-hundred-year history, Dlugie Ogrody (Long Gardens) took on various guises as a craftsman, trade and military district, only to end up as a housing and industrial area in our times. From the buildings facing the Motlawa there is a thrilling view of Długie Pobrzeże (the Long Bank). This part of the centre is dominated by modern architecture and the inhabitants of Gdansk tend to leave their vehicles in local parking lots and reach Dlugi Targ on foot. Although few monuments were preserved until today, the picturesque vicinity of the Main Town is the main appeal for tourists choosing local hotels for their stay. Gdansk, once the most powerful and rich Hanseatic cities in the region, continues to attracts swarms of tourists these days. Hotels on the Olowianka or on the banks of the Motlawa River provide unforgettable panoramic views.
- Stare Przedmiescie
Stare Przedmiescie was incorporated into Gdansk’s borders as early as the 14th century. It is a neighborhood less visited by tourists, even though its abundant in historic fortifications or churches. It is here in Stare Przedmiescie that the National Museum displays its priceless tryptic “Final Judgement” by Memling. W-Z Route, constructed after WW II, separated Stare Przedmiescie from the historic Main Town and pedestrians do not venture here in crowds. It is a perfect hotel location for the visitors interested in sightseeing around Gdansk on budget. Local hotels offer decent standards accompanied by moderate prices.
- Dolne Miasto
Dolne Miasto constitutes the south-eastern part of the centre of Gdansk. It is a housing district whose architecture is dominated by 19th-century buildings. The surrounding historic bastions create the strong character of Dolne Miasto. Hotels in this part of the centre of Gdansk are not numerous but have an asset in their closeness to the old town.
- Granary Island
Wyspa Spichrzow (Granary Island) emerged in 16th century after the canalisation of the New Motlawa River. The island, as its name suggests, gave home to many a granary throughout its history, and a few still survive today. During the heyday of Gdansk there were as many as 300 granaries in the area, some given humorous names such as the Skull or the Red Mouse. Hotels in this district of Gdansk are a good option for visitors interested in sightseeing, as all major attractions can be reached on foot. Wyspa Spichrzow now awaits brighter times, as many of the buildings have descended into ruin since wartime destruction. Nevertheless, soon new investments will see the light here which will bring the construction of new hotels. Gdansk still has many undeveloped areas, Wyspa Spichrzów is just one example.
- Old Town
The Old Town is the oldest part of Gdansk. It adjoins with Glowne Miasto, a real tourist magnet. The original Old Town architecture did not withstand the storm of WW II, yet some genuine architectural gems can still be admired here. Historic buildings rub shoulders with contemporary ones in this area, many of which now function as hotels. Thanks to a substantial investment in city development over recent years, new hotels have sprung up like mushrooms all over Gdansk. The Old Town is a comfortable location providing easy access not only to famous landmarks but also the railway stations and the main transportation arteries. Hotels in this very district is a perfect choice both for tourist and business travellers. Rabiechowo airport is situated 15 kilometres from the city centre which takes around 30 minutes by car to get reach.
Gdansk is not only a city with a rich 1000-year history. It is also the seaside city with beautiful sandy beaches stretching for miles. Travellers seeking peace and quiet will find it in green Sobieszewo with its Ptasi Raj (Bird Paradise) nature reserve or in Stogi, situated in the eastern part of the city. The bathing beaches of Brzezno, Przymorze and Jelitkowo are situated between the Old Town and Sopot. They attract tourists interested in the wide choice of nearby restaurants, seaside bars and equipment rental companies. Bikers can enjoy a cycle lane stretching a dozen or so kilometres along the coastline, starting in Brzezno and leading towards the Sopot Pier. The map of Gdansk indicates 7 guarded beaches: Gdansk Sobieszewo, Gdansk Orle, Stogi, Molo and Dom Zdrojowy Gdansk Brzezno, Jelitkowo and Klipper Jelitkowo. Seaside hotels in Gdansk are very popular during the summer season, therefore it is recommended to choose a hotel well in advance.
Jelitkowo is a seaside housing estate to the north of Gdansk, located right on the border with Sopot. The character of the place created through its sandy beaches, the surrounding flora, hotels and spa centres as well as dispersed building development. Hotels in Gdansk – Jelitkowo may be located right on the beach as well as within a few minutes’ walk of it. It is a perfect place for a holiday stay at the seaside. Visitors should consider taking a bike as there is long bicycle route running along the beach from Sopot through Jelitkowo to as far as Brzezno.
Hotels in Gdansk – Sobieszewo are situated in a quiet neighborhood, right at the mouth of the Vistula. To reach the beach on foot tourists have to cross the seaside green belt. Hotel bookings in this area are especially popular among tourists visiting Gdansk in the summer months. Sobieszewo is a former fishing and holiday village that is famous for its broad sandy beaches and its bird reserve. Hotels in Sobieszewo are a perfect choice for seaside holidaymakers, as it allows visitors to compromise relaxation in nature with sightseeing around the city. Reaching the centre by public transportation takes 30-40 minutes.
Brzezno is a district which springs to life in the summer – it is then that beach goers from all over Poland are pulled in by the district’s sandy beaches and its 130-metre pier. The adjoining Port Polnocny (Northern Port) boasts the arrival of sea-going ships of imposing dimensions, watching them from the beach is a one-of-a-kind opportunity. Hotels in this district of Gdansk allows a holiday relaxation by the beach with the active sightseeing opportunities of the Tricity. Hotels in Gdansk – Brzezno are also worth considering while looking for lodging outside the holiday season, due to exceptional price bargains.
Przymorze is a housing estate located in the northern part of the city along Zatoka Gdanska. Blocks of flats built in the 1970s dominate the architectural style of the area. Przymorze is famous for the longest block of flats in Poland, nicknamed “falowiec”, extending as far as 800 metres in length. Hotels in this part of town are a sensible option for those who want to exploit all attractions of Tricity: the beach and Gdansk – Oliwa remain within walking distance and it is quick and easy to access the Main City, Sopot and Gdynia by means of public transport. Hotels in Gdansk – Przymorze are somewhat cheaper in respect to those located in the centre.
The housing estates of Stogi are bounded from the east and the north by Las Miejski (City Woods) and from the west by meadows. They are also limited by Martwa Wisla (Dead Vistula) from the south and Zatoka Gdanska (Bay of Gdansk) from the north. Despite such apparent isolation, the living area is situated at a relatively small distance from the centre. In the summer the district teems with life, all thanks to its beautiful sandy Stogi beach. Right next to fish frying stands and a looping tram track there is a guarded beach where beachgoers have showers and change rooms at their disposal. The local curiosity is that a mere 15-minute walk away there is a naturists beach. City means of transportation quickly shuttle people from here both to the Main Town and to Westerplatte, which allows hotels located in this area to enjoy a great deal of tourist attention. Gdansk is famous for its clean beaches and due to the lack of buildings along the seaside strip, the beach in Stogi is one of the most charming in Tricity area.
Oliwa’s pastoral climate is testimony to the fact that Gdansk holds many surprises, also outside the strict centre area. The district, inhabited by the Cystercians since the 12th century, abounds in old villas and well-kept parks. Being situated close to Sopot is an extra advantage, which makes local hotels worth considering. For the people in quest for quiet and relaxation and those willing to sightsee the cathedral and listen to an organ concert a hotel in Gdansk – Oliwa is a perfect choice. Transportation options are manifold, including trains and buses, and the Rębiechowo airport is also situated nearby.
Wrzeszcz is one of the most interesting parts of the city. Once mainly a villa district of Gdansk, it was here that the Noble prize winner Günter Grass was born. Taking a stroll around Wrzeszcz one can still come across stylish old villas as well as art nouveau town houses. The Technology University, with its numerous dormitories is scattered around the district, add some student spirit to the area. Hotels in Gdansk – Wrzeszcz afford good communication connection with other parts of the city. The district is intersected by the lively and loud Aleja Grunwaldzka (Grunwaldzka Avenue). Deviating from Grunwaldzka we will find charming and quiet living areas, including several hotels. Gdansk Wrzeszcz, a fast city train station, allows for quick transport both to the centre of Gdansk as well as to Oliwa, Sopot and Gdynia.
Siedlce is a housing estate situated in the direct neighbourhood of the centre. Pre-war wooden architecture, typical of Siedlce, perished in the fire at the end of WW II. At present the district is populated with town houses from the 1950s rimming Kartuska street as well as blocks of flats characteristic of later times. Hotels in this district of Gdansk are willingly chosen by business travellers visiting the Tricity, mostly for their availability of numerous communication lines. Hotels in this location will also stand up to the expectations of tourists in search of cheaper alternative to the hotels in the centre of Gdansk.
Suchanino is a housing district dominated by blocks of flats and single-family houses. Hotels in Gdansk – Suchanino are usually smaller and with average standards, which offer the proximity of the centre as well as tidy, well-equipped rooms for an affordable price. Those looking for lodging on a budget in a quiet neighbourhood should consider staying in this area.
Mlyniska – Shipyard
From the northern outskirts of the Old Town all through Mlyniska and Letnica and as far as Nowy Port, the cityscape of Gdansk is dominated by industrial areas, intertwined with housing estates. The cranes of the Stocznia Gdanska (Gdansk Shipyard) tower over Mlyniska. Hotels in this area of Gdansk are a comfortable solution for travellers professionally linked to the shipyard or the port, but also for passengers awaiting their ferry for football fans heading for a match at the PGE Arena. Hotels in this area may also be a cheap alternative for tourists and it only takes a few minutes by tram to reach the Main Town.
Rudniki is an extensive yet scarcely populated district, dominated by the chimneys of Rafineria Gdanska (Gdansk Refinery). The district is intersected by Elblaska street, in the proximity of which almost all the local hotels are situated. Hotels in Gdansk – Rudniki are a good alternative for the people arriving to the city by car – parking places are easy to find and it is close to the exit road in the direction of Warsaw.
Zaspa is a district of Gdansk located in the city’s northern part. It is dominated by large-panel concrete blocks of flats, one of which was once inhabited by Lech Walesa and his family. Hotels in this area of Gdansk will satisfy those in search of economically priced lodging within sensible distance of the centre. An additional asset of this district is the proximity of the seaside and the beaches in Brzezno or Jelitkowo. Hotels in Zaspa are also relatively close to the PGE Arena in the Letnica district..
Districts situated in the south of Gdansk, such as Chelm or Orunia, are mostly populated by apartment houses, in some areas also industrial buildings. Hotels in this area of Gdansk are often chosen by visitors who are just passing through Gdansk. Hotels at this location are worth considering if an affordable price is the priority. Reaching the centre from here is not a major problem.
In the western part of Gdansk there are a few large housing districts, such as Bretowo, Kokoszki, Osowa or Jasien. Those are convenient localizations for guests who prefer to stay at a hotel near the airport. Hotels in the western part of Gdansk will also satisfy visitors travelling by car, as road number 7 provides a direct link to the centre of the city.
Gdansk hotel market
Despite a large number of accommodation facilities, during summer months hotels in Gdansk tackle with the problem of sleeping place shortage. Therefore, a holiday stay should be planned much in advance while keeping in mind that prices at hotels in the summer can be higher than those offered outside the holiday season. That is why it is sometimes worth considering staying in the districts a little farther from the centre, where even in the summer hotel prices can be quite inviting.
Outside the holiday season it is much easier to obtain a dream accommodation – even higher standard hotels often offer attractive bargains.The hotel offer range in Gdansk is now very wide, allowing one to choose between all categories of hotels, including luxurious 4- and 5-star establishments.
Although Gdansk is considered a tourist destination, it is just as often visited by business travellers. The wide accommodation offer of the city is furthermore enriched in strictly business-oriented hotels offering well-equipped conference and training rooms.